A Visual Dictionary for an Extinct Language

  • Kyle Williams
  • Sanvir Manilal
  • Lebogang Molwantoa
  • Hussein Suleman
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6102)

Abstract

Cultural heritage artefacts are often digitised in order to allow for them to be easily accessed by researchers and scholars. In the case of the Bleek and Lloyd dictionary of the |xam Bushman language, 14000 pages were digitised. These pages could not be transcribed, however, because the language and script are both extinct. A custom digital library system was therefore created to manage and provide access to this collection as a purely “visual dictionary”. Results from user testing showed that users found the system to be interesting, simple, efficient and informative.

Keywords

Digital preservation repository dictionary Web interfaces 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kyle Williams
    • 1
  • Sanvir Manilal
    • 1
  • Lebogang Molwantoa
    • 1
  • Hussein Suleman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Cape TownRondebosch

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